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Indonesia is gearing up to host the Asian Games in just a few weeks, and so are its security agencies. The country's security forces held a series of drills on Wednesday simulating a militant attack on a hotel in the capital Jakarta.
front of media crews, counter-terrorism police abseiled down the building, swinging into open windows.
The games will bring 17,000 athletes to Indonesia and around 100,000 spectators. And authorities say they're focused on securing both venues and the athletes' village.>>
> These are the vulnerable spots, so we need to make sure we anticipate that a security breach could happen anywhere.>> The concern is not without reason.
In the world's biggest Muslim nation, Indonesia has been struggling to reign in a rising tide of homegrown militancy. In June, the country's parliament approved tougher anti-terrorism laws. The move followed a series of suicide attacks that killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya. The attacks were linked to the country's biggest Islamic State-inspired group, known as JAD.
And just this week, an Indonesian court disbanded the group for, quote, conducting terrorism and affiliating itself with IS. Last month, the group's jailed leader, Aman Abdurrahman, was sentenced to death over masterminding a series of attacks from his cell.